Neha murder case: Setback for Cong as polarisation of Lingayat votes may help BJP

Bengaluru, Apr 22 (IANS): The sensational murder of 23-year-old student Neha Hiremath by a youth from the minority community who she was allegedly in a relationship with, has proved to be a setback for the Congress in Karnataka.

On the other hand, the development is also leading to polarisation of the Lingayat vote bank to the BJP’s advantage.

While the Congress is on the back foot and is apologising, the BJP is acting on a war footing and has organised a statewide protest.

Despite his tight schedule, BJP National President, JP Nadda visited the family of the deceased college student.

BJP sources reveal that Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, will be pitching in soon in Hubballi for campaigning.

The BJP’s strategy is to embarrass the Congress government throughout the General Elections by raising the issue of ‘love jihad’.

Congress Corporator Niranjan Hiremath, who is Neha’s father, has castigated the handling of the case by the government.

He slammed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister, Dr G Parameshwara, urging them not to politicise the girl’s murder and denied that she was in a relationship with Fayaz Kondikoppa.

Following the outrage over the murder, the government has handed over the case to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The Congress government is in a fix over the allegations by her father of ‘love jihad’, the police not bothering to track the call details of the accused, taking inputs from the family and no action on four others who are alleged to be in collusion with Fayaz Kondikoppa.

CM Siddaramaiah’s categorical statement that the murder was not a case of ‘love jihad’ has become a weapon in the hands of the BJP.

BJP leaders are taking pot shots at the Congress government and asking that when their own Corporator’s daughter could not be protected, how can the government ensure the safety of others?

A series of crimes, including an attack by alleged Nigerian drug peddlers on the police have raised questions on the law and order situation in the state.

The Nigerian nationals had attacked the police with rods, stones and helmets in Bengaluru last week.

Leader of Opposition, R Ashoka listed out a series of incidents reported in the recent past, such as an attack on youths for raising ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans on Ram Navami festival, attack on a shop owner for playing Hanuman Chalisa in Bengaluru, murder of four persons of a family in Gadag and a double murder in Bengaluru.

Ashoka had alleged that the government had tied the hands of the police for the sake of appeasement politics.

Talking to IANS, senior journalist Asha K stated, “The Neha Hiremath murder case is bound to give a twist to the elections for the Dharwad Lok Sabha seat. Of course, much depends on whether the BJP and the allied saffron fringe groups sustain their verbal battle against the ruling Congress over the incident.”

“Neha hailed from the influential Lingayat community. She was reportedly stabbed around 4.30 pm on Thursday, and none of the Congress leaders dared to meet her family members till the next day. This is despite her father being a Congress Corporator. This clearly shows that the Congress was at a loss for words to even console the family. However, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi met the victim's father on the fateful day itself,” Asha K opined.

Asha K pointed out that Dharwad, Haveri, Belagavi, and the surrounding districts have a sizable Lingayat population, which used to support the BJP till 2023.

The murder might again realign the community seeking 'justice' for the victim.

Though the Congress has condemned the incident, it enjoys the support of Muslims.

“In a way, the party leaders' tongues are tied. This also forced them to repeatedly say it is a 'personal case' while the BJP alleges it is another love jihad incident,” Asha K noted.

“Union Minister Joshi is not very comfortably placed to retain the Dharwad seat. Certain Lingayat seers have alleged that he has betrayed their community’s politicians,” she added.

“The Neha murder case has all the potential to polarise voters between the two prime parties in Dharwad. It may swing votes to a certain extent in favour of the BJP. However, it would not have a uniform impact across the state unless the combined BJP-JD(S) decides otherwise. Politics is always dynamic,” Asha K observed.








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  • Cliffy, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    People know the truth. You cant fool them anymore giving political color to this case.

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Nothing much to take cognizance of.., One can only wish for divine intervention for the good of the society.,

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  • Johnny, Bangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    This is love failure case or honour killing, what these Jackals did for Soujanya case ? there are hundred of cases in UP , Manipur within same religion, what should people call it ? Is it LOVE KAILASH (like love jihad) . Where were these female protectors during Praveen Chaugle killed four Muslim women in Udupi, Ruksana charred by Pradeep few days ago. Most stardom study in Christian institutes later during election time same people campaign for protecting Hindu people from other religion. Most Hindu leaders' children enjoy in abroad those are Christian and Muslim countries. Just stop bringing religion and community for personal advantages, irrespective of religion crime must be punished and find solution instead jilting someone

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Voter get the govt they deserve. - while it is a ghastly murder -- to use it is as a vote bank is diabolical -- many murders have happened -- but it is the expertise of BJP to turn this to their Favour -- there was a big agitation few months back -- Dharmas Thala -- also another serial murder in Udupi -- anyway, it suits vote bank politics -- as per law the culprit is arrested and getting tried--- considering BJP support of Bilkis Bano rapists -- Manipur etc. long list - -wrestlers plight -- it is not a setback for congress-

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  • Shammi, Karnataka

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    May be fayaz belongs BJP yuva morcha and deliberately did this during election time. COD should check his bank accounts,any hawala transactions happened in recent months all this should be taken to consideration. I ve seen in one youtube video where mother dog is lactating to tiger cubs,in this world anything can happen. Just becaus ehe is minority it doesn't mean he wont be bjp supporter.There are lots of muslims itself in our dk who are bjp supporters.

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  • Rajiv, Udupi

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    This is exactly BJP is doing during election time to fool public, they are ready to do any sort of action. Looks clearly, this MUST BE their own deeds.

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  • Adarsh, mumbai

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    yes you might be right! if this happening in bjp ruled state then its their failure.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    For those who hold the nation's Constitution above any and all religious ideologies; Humanism above all 'isms', unbiased thinking, no amount of sensationalisation of such tragic and unfortunate occurrences (which should not have occurred) can clutter and polarize the clean, clear and unbiased mind! Please note that this is a very objective personal opinion; kindly do not believe in anybody's personal opinion!!

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    this incident has come as boon to BJP, especially at a time when lingayats were moving away from BJP ...

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  • John, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Bjp will only use it for politics and that is very well known, people are not that foolish

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    @john you very right. When Nalin Kumar talks about opposite party on indicating hatred we are not foolish not to inderstand his motives. People noe are educated and intelligent unlike politicians

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    But why is Congress reluctant to accept the facts, calling the incident as accidental murder. On the contrary Congress is paving the way for BJP to politicize the issue.

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    What do you think Mr John, even congress sails on the same boat.... may be slightly better. Candidates who cannot take care of neighbourhood are joining Congress and showing so many pictures now as if they are dedicated. Once in power all politicians are in same mindset.

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  • Adarsh, mumbai

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    if it happened in MP then its BJP s failure.

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2024

    When investigation report is out BJP will be in ventilator.

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  • Gopi, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2024

    No darr gaya, samjo haar gaya...

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  • Mohandas attawar, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2024

    Was all these leaders dead when saujanya was raped and who is this neha ?

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